The Pan American Trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stoltzfii, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Platypus-3in1

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  3. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Interesting, thanks for the info.
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    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Last Thursday the 16th, Jeremy, James and I met up in LA at Jeremy’s brothers place. We were planning on heading down to Joshua Tree the next day for who know how long. But first I needed to clean my carb. A few days before it would die on anything much over 5th gear, and it would occasionally almost die, like it was hitting reserve, before surging again to regular power. I figured the main jet had some dirt in so I pulled the carb and gave it a good cleaning. I also dropped the needle one slot to make it run leaner to see how it affected my gas mileage. I put it back together and it ran terribly. I barely started, didn’t idle, and had some incredible backfires. So I put the needle back to where it was before and gave it another test run. It ran a lot better but still backfired some and wasn’t idling the best. I messed with the fuel mixture screw for a while and got it to idle ok, but not perfect. It’s a little weird because I put it back at the original settings yet it ran a lot different before and after cleaning. Either way, it was good enough to head down to Joshua Tree and it runs well now, it just doesn’t idle too smoothly.

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    Friday afternoon we went down to Joshua Tree and camped outside the South entrance on BLM land. It was a nice spot with a campfire ring and all. But that night was incredibly windy. Wind is probably my least favorite thing ever to try and sleep through, it’s just not a lot of fun…

    Over the next few days, we climbed in a few different areas in the park. It’s such a beautiful and unique area and I had never been there before so I really enjoyed the time there.

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    We weren’t sure what our Thanksgiving plans were, but James decided to head up to SLO to be with some friends so Jeremy and I headed back to LA to be with his brother Benji and his family. On the way up, we all stopped at the Eibach headquarters in Corona. Prior to the trip, James had reached out to them about suspension parts for our bikes. They hooked us up with new front springs as well as rear springs for our shocks. Sadly they don’t make rear shocks for the dr650 so Jeremy and James got their oem shocks revalved at Cogent Dynamics, while I stuck with my Progressive Suspension shock with a 7.5 kg/mm spring rate :( Let's just say I bottom it out quite a bit when on the trails. Anyway, Eibach had treated us great and we had good communication with Mark, the head of the marketing department. So we stopped in to say hi. Mark gave us a tour of the plant and we even got to meet Mr. Eibach himself who was at the plant that day. He is 76 years old but still full of energy and was stoked on our trip.

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    Here is a grinding machine which finishes the rough ends of the springs.

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    These are a few springs for supercars as well as Nascar racing. Eibach is one of the few spring manufacturers that can hold the tight tolerance requirements of Nascar.

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    More cool suspension stuff on display.

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    We fit right in :)

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    After that we planned on finding a place to camp, which would have been tough in the middle of the city, but Mark offered us his backyard for the night. We gladly took him up on his offer and enjoyed hanging out with him that evening. The next morning Jeremy and I headed to LA and James went to SLO. We plan on meeting up again Friday or Saturday up in SLO.

    Eibach is an awesome company. They are pretty big, yet they were stoked on our trip and made time to give a tour to three dirtbags on bikes who hadn’t showered in a few weeks. Mike also offered to connect us with RaceTech who is right down the street from Eibach. Hopefully we are able to upgrade our rear suspension before hitting Mexico without giving up an arm and a leg to pay for it.
  5. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Here is our rough route until Christmas. Yes we are driving in a circle, think of it as a holding pattern until Mexico... A 1252 mile holding pattern :)

    SLO to meet James. Big Sur to check out the coast, surf, and rip trails. Yosemite to climb. Joshua Tree to climb again if we have time. San Diego to hang out with a cousin and eat tacos from a guy we met in Lone Pine who has a taco truck and offered us free tacos and a place to stay :) Back to LA to fly home for Christmas. Then Mexico!


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    Death Valley is a dang good place to kill time.
    Hot springs there too ! Just sayin'...
  7. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Nice!
    Sounds like slow jet may still be clogged, have a guitar string?
    Air filter clean? Any cracks in the manifold flange?
    Spray some WD40 at it when idling to see if there is a leak.
  8. stoltzfii

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    Jeremy and I spent a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving with Jeremy’s brother Benji and his family. We ate a lot of food and enjoyed playing with their four very energetic kids. Friday morning we drove up to SLO where we met James, who had spent Thanksgiving up there with a few of his friends. We took Highway 1 up from LA and, with the beautiful weather, it was a great day of riding. A few of Jame’s friends wanted to shoot us on our bikes, so as soon as we got into SLO, we headed up to a high point outside of town with some awesome dirt. It was fun to get a few shots of us all riding together since James rarely gets his own picture taken. I'll get those photos up when I have better wifi.

    James wanted to surf in Big Sur Saturday morning so Jeremy and I did our own thing. I really wanted to ride the coast for a bit and take in the classic views of the 1, so we drove a bit out of SLO that evening and camped on the coast. You cant legally camp at the many pullouts along the highway but we found one that had a steep bank which we drove over and parked our bikes behind it. The next morning we moved our bikes up to the parking lot and we were 100% legal :)

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    We took a dip in the ocean and headed up to Big Sur where we planned to meet James. A bridge along Highway 1 was destroyed in a mud slide this past fall so the only way into Big Sur from the south is to take the Nacimiento-Fergusson road which is a beautiful winding road through the mountains. Our side bags are pretty low and I scraped them a few times with one corner rubbing a lot harder than I anticipated, but I could still corner reasonably well. The soft bags can hit pretty hard without throwing you off too bad, but if I didn’t need all the space it would definitely be nice to have them sitting a little higher off the ground.

    Once we got back on the 1 we chilled for a bit at a campground that had a great view of the ocean. We then drove 20 more miles and camped close to Big Sur on a pullout along the highway. It wasn’t an ideal spot but it wasn’t too bad.

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    James was planning on meeting us in Big Sur but he had opted to drive up to surf with his friends so after getting back to SLO he decided to meet us in Yosemite, our next stop. Jeremy and I cruised the 200 miles to Yosemite Valley, got a campsite, and set up the tent just before it rained and snowed for a solid 14 hours. We woke up this morning to wet but beautiful conditions. There was mostly rain in the valley, but the mountains have fresh snow which just looks awesome! We will be spending the next few days in Yosemite enjoying the view and doing some climbing.

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  9. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    We might go there... We're sitting at yosemite now trying to figure out our next objective. It's a couple hundred miles out of the way, but gas is cheap, so we'll see.

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    I just cleaned the filter, it looked good. I'll rip the carb apart and fully clean it before Mexico. That's a good idea for the manifold flange, I'll try that. Thanks

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    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    It looks like we're going down to Death Valley in a few days. I've been reading about it, and it looks like there are a ton of trails as well as some hot springs. Does anyone have any recommendations on specific trails to ride or hot springs to check out? We'll probably spend 3-5 days there but it could be longer.
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    aw man, I down in Big Sur a couple years back and had to drive Nacimiento-Fergusson road, and it KILLED me to not be there on my bike. What a great road, pumped you guys got to ride it! Loving this report so much!
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    Hello from Juneau!
    Do you know your route into Mexico? Are you going down the Baja or on the Copper Canyon side?
    Flying to San Diego in the morning to get back on my Bike. All healed from the October wreck in Lapaz.
    No agenda just looking for the sun... would love to catch up with you guys for a few days. Be Safe Jarin
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    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Hey Jarin, good to hear from you. We are crossing the border the beginning of January and going down Baja.

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    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Here are a few of the shots that Jame's friend took on the Cuesta Ridge outside of SLO last week.

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    Bad ass guys! Maybe catch you in Mex!!
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    Awesome!
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    Even tho you adopted the KLR/BMW style of taking everything plus kitchen sink, TV, and Refrig, LOL; I can see keeping your bags/weight low makes a difference!
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    We spent a few days in Yosemite, but didn’t actually do too much. Glacier Point was closed as well as Tioga Pass, so we were confined to the valley. Also there isn’t much sport climbing as almost everything is trad so we only climbed a few routes. Nevertheless, it was a great time and I’m super glad we made it to Yosemite since I had never been there before. Usually most of the campgrounds are jam packed, but it was out of season so the walk-in camp 4 was almost deserted. We spent three nights there and enjoyed a relaxing time. We drove around the valley, hiked a bit, and just generally enjoyed the amazing views.

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    It was pretty cold there with highs in the 50’s and lows below freezing. I know for a fact that it was below freezing since both Jeremy and James wiped out on icy patches :) Jeremy laid his bike over while turning after a stop sign so he was going slow, but it was so icy that when he picked his bike up it just slid in a circle. James laid his bike over on a bridge. He didn’t have his riding pants on but only a tough pair of cotton pants. He slid 30 feet on blacktop but no harm was done. Iron and Resin makes some pretty tough pants.

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    After three days in the park we decided to head south again for warmer weather. James and I are flying back to Pennsylvania out of LA on December 18th for Christmas. We wanted to spend about a week at Joshua Tree before that but we still had some extra time so we decided to head down to Death Valley. We split the 420 miles into two days and it was mostly uneventful driving. It was highway cruising and Bakersfield isn’t anything too interesting. Once we got south of Bakersfield we took a slightly slower way by driving 178 northeast through a beautiful canyon in Sequoia National Forest. We found a prime spot to camp back a rocky path a few hundred yards off the road. It’s so fun to try and find a unique and cool spot each night. It's always an adventure and half the time it isn’t unique or cool and sometimes it’s downright crap, but always fun :)

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    Going back about a month, here are some film shots from James from our dirt riding in Nevada. As always there is a delay in getting film developed and I often don't get around to posting them right away. But better late than never...

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